Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross.
This morning I was thinking about how everyone talks about unconditional love. This verse to me seems to speak about unconditional humility. “Wha?”, you ask. I know, I’ve never heard of it either but God has been speaking to me about it all day.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Philippians 2:3
We are called to (in humility) consider others better than ourselves. I see the mark of humility as service. I realized that I am not unconditionally humble because I will not unconditionally serve everyone. Here are the conditions. I will not serve you (willingly) if:
– You are not humble. If I think in any way that you think you are better than me, I have a hard time serving you.
-I get no gratitude. If I do something for you and you don’t shower me with thanks, you can forget about next time.
-If your request interferes with my plans, depending on how I judge your humility, I may or may not adhere to it, but I probably won’t do it with a cheery face either way.
-I feel like I’m being taken advantage of, especially if I judge that you can do something for yourself and you neglect to do it or ask me to. If you’re in college, you should know how to clean up after yourself. It’s not my job.
See all these things that I think about! The root of all of them is pride. If you don’t stroke my pride while I’m serving you, I’ll serve begrudgingly. That is so dumb. I mean, I’m really just the same as you, and I won’t serve you. Jesus was God and he served all of us.
What I need to work on is:
Serving people without expectation. I’ll do the dishes, take out the trash, pick up your stuff, but I need to do it because I love you, not so that you’ll thank me later or feel bad for not doing it.
Serving people without judgement. It shouldn’t matter whether you’ve never heard of humble pie or you invented it. I should serve you regardless.
Serving people to glorify God. I’m not doing these things so that you can thank me or so that I’ll be recognized. I need to do them because I know that God is watching me. This takes care of the begrudgingly part. Even though it’s not about gratitude, I’ll get my thanks in the end because God is good.
What does humility result in? Well, verse eight says obedience. Even to the point of death. At this point I’m not even obedient to the point of embarassment. If it embarasses me, I won’t do it. Hmmm. I’ll work on the humility part for now. I think obedience falls into place later.
[One more thing: The first part, where it says that even thought Jesus was God, he did not consider equality with God “something to be grasped”. I once heard a sermon saying that if you aren’t praying about say, your education, then essentially you’re saying that you can do it better than God. Jesus was God but he still prayed about everything. I think that’s crazy. Jesus, God, prayed about everything and I like to think that I can do most things on my own. So much to work on!]